Ali Riaz is a Distinguished Professor of political science at Illinois State University, USA, a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, and the President of the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies. Riaz previously taught at universities in Bangladesh, England, and South Carolina, USA, worked as a Broadcast Journalist at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, and served as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at Washington D.C. His recent publications include Election in A Hybrid Regime: Explaining 2018 Bangladeshi Election (2019), and an edited volume Religion and Politics in South Asia (2021).
AMAN WADUD is a Fulbright-Nehru Fulbright Fellow and a Human Rights Lawyer based in Guwahati. He litigates before Gauhati High Court. He mostly defends people accused of being ‘illegal migrants’ and those who are detained in various detention centres of Assam. He represented several detainees and got them released after years of detention. Aman extensively worked during the NRC process; he travelled to various districts of Assam to educate people about NRC. In 2019, he co-founded Justice and Liberty Initiative to provide pro bono legal aid to those underprivileged people whose citizenship has been wrongly questioned.
On 4th March 2020 he testified before the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom at Capitol Hill, Washington, on its hearing on Citizenship Laws. Recently, he started an initiative of setting up of Samvidhaan Kendra (Constitution Centre) across Assam to take Indian Constitution to the common people. Constitution Centres also functions as a free Legal Aid Clinic to provide access to justice to people whose citizenship has been questioned.
Aman has been selected for the 2021-2022 Fulbright-Nehru Master’s Fellowship.
Dr. Harsh Mander is a human rights and peace worker, writer, columnist, researcher and teacher, who works with survivors of mass violence, hunger, homeless persons and street children.
He worked formerly in the Indian Administrative Service, and now the Director of Centre for Equity Studies and was Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court of India in the Right to Food case. He is the founder of the campaigns Aman Biradari, for secularism, peace and justice; Nyayagrah, for legal justice and reconciliation for the survivors of communal violence; Dil Se, for street children, and ‘Hausla’ for urban homeless people.
Kasturi Basu is an independent documentary filmmaker, activist, writer and editor based in Kolkata. By training, she is a physicist, an alumnus of Jadavpur University, University of Cambridge and Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey. Kasturi is a co-founder-member of several independent, volunteer-led collectives working in the cultural and mass media sphere; namely, the People’s Film Collective, the People’s Study Circle, the People’s Media Collective, and Radio Quarantine Kolkata. Kasturi has been an active organiser of the “No Vote to BJP” people’s campaign as one of the conveners of the citizens’ platform, Bengal Against Fascist RSS-BJP. She is also an active organiser of the Anti-NRC People’s Movement, a conglomerate of several independent organisations working to build and sustain the people’s movement to protect citizenship against the draconian NRC, CAA and NPR.
Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta taught International Relations at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1984 to 2006. She is currently Executive Director of Research Initiatives, Bangladesh (RIB) a research organized based in Dhaka, which specializes in
participatory action research with marginalized communities including the Rohingya refugees. Dr. Guhathakurta graduated from the University of Dhaka and received her Ph.D from the University of York, UK. in Politics. Her field of specialization has broadly been international development, gender relations and South Asian politics. She is well published in migration trends in Partition histories, peace-building in post conflict societies and minority rights in South Asia.
Shoaib Daniyal is a senior assistant editor with the news portal Scroll.in.
He covers politics with an emphasis on federalism and identity.